Sunday, May 24, 2015

Weekly Round-UP: May 17th-23rd Edition

Well last week I had a little bit of what I guess you could call a headache swarm, just a bunch of them where the only solution really was more sleep and that was something I just couldn't get more of. No idea how people can pull off all-nighters if a headache that frustrating is a side effect.

When I wasn't zoning out with a heating pad on my head I got quite a bit written this week! I finished work on a bit post on OASG; Moving Beyond Despair in The Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer where I look at the whole series and try to explain why it got good when it did and I really did end up enjoying it. Spirit Circle still edges it out a bit but I think I need to get the Seven Seas release for it in the future. I also had a pretty positive review for Gundam Build Fighters TRY which was about 90% as good as the original (writing was a bit weaker and pacing not as great but the fights were fun and way more female characters so that helps it balance out).

On the more negative side of things, I was only lukewarm on Avengers: Age of Ultron (I also did a spoilery post on tumblr talking about all of the things I've heard were cut from the theatrical run, really hope a lot of that makes it onto the DVD release) and I gave a very rare one-star review for The Dead Key which apparently has already helped somebody shop for the book. I'd moan about how bad reviews seem more important than good reviews but since I had a rape warning in the review maybe that was the important part.

Like I said last week I also want to start chatting about what I'm currently consuming that I might not review/get around reviewing for a while. I've been a dummy and haven't gotten anything from the library recently so I had a reread of Seraphina (since the sequel is already out and I read that book in 2012) and it was as great as I remember and a nice reminder that yes, YA can be really and truly great, I just hadn't been reading those titles recently. Also slowly working through a book on my kindle called The Age of Fable which seems to be a big collection of Western mythology, although I'm still in the Greek/Roman period of it. And finally, I'm really trying to finally finish Space Brothers but I'm still 20 minutes from the end, Hibito is in Russia with a story that varies between engaging and off-putting, and the dreaded "racist cartoon theater" has finally made an appearance so I'm skipping the last three or four minutes in each episode. On the plus side, when you watch the show as intermittently as I do the super long recaps at the beginning of each episode actually come in handy!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Book Review: The Dead Key

This was the second of the free books I got from Amazon as part of my Prime trial membership, if anyone else here is thinking of doing the prime membership I highly recommend doing it so it falls over two calendar months (especially a 15th-15th if you can) so that you at least have the option of getting more than one book from this deal.

The Dead Key by D. M. Pulley

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Movie Review: The Avengers: Age of Ultron

My schedule has such few, odd free hours at this point that I thought I just wouldn't have the time to see The Age of Ultron until sometime in June at this rate but as I was playing catch-up with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I got to the tie-in episode and realized, I really wanted to see the movie right now! The tie-in seems to be that the "Operation THETA" that was mentioned a few times prior to the episode was Coulson working out a way to get into a HYDRA base to learn where Loki's scepter is and then I think they end the episode on the line "It's time to call in the Avengers." Oh and there's also a wonderful bit of Coulson sass earlier in the episode saying to someone "Here's Fury's toolbox, you can have it until he wants it back. Oh, spoilers." I'm so grumpy that they still aren't working this guy back into these movies since he really is my favorite Avenger. 

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Anime Review: Gundam Build Fighters TRY

EDITORS NOTE: Hi guys, sorry everything is so late already this week and as a heads up, tomorrow's post is probably not going up to Thursday since I'll be out late babysitting and really don't like typing out huge posts on phones if I can help it (the autocorrect alone makes it a huge headache).

Much like Log Horizon, I did a whirlwind marathon of Gundam Build Fighters last year as the first season was finishing up and absolutely fell in love with it and was completely on board for the second season. It is seven years later and features a mostly new cast but I'm going to say that yes, you should see the first season first. It'll help you in the long run and come on, if you like this you'll want more of it and that's 25 episodes of more right there.

Gundam Build Fighters Try

Monday, May 18, 2015

Weekly Round-Up: May 10th-16th Edition

Well I was going to change the format of this up a bit but I'm on day two or three of a headache and that sounds like it would require more focus than I currently have so, next week (EDIT: Headache got so bad that this got pushed back an entire day, anime review coming tomorrow!)! In the meantime, I talked about a lot of stuff as per usual this week, on the grumpier side of things we have Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! (think I got that name right) and Anansi Boys, neither of which were bad works but I'm unlikely to recommend them unless I get very specifically asked "I want a magical BOY show" or "I want something with even the barest hint of African mythology in it." On the more positive side, I really enjoyed Ms. Marvel: No Normal and also enjoyed Shirahime-Syo more than expected (over on OASG).

Going back to anime for a moment, last season I did an entire post about how the season was looking at the halfway point but I feel like I'm already moving through my reviews slower than I'd like so I'm going to condense that all under the cut here, at least that's one good thing about a smaller season.